Scholarships and Financial Aid

Supporting your academic pursuits

The School of Social Work wants you to succeed in college. To help you reach your goals, the School offers unique scholarship opportunities just for you.

Funded by generous donors, these scholarships help ease the financial burden of college. Also, these awards recognize your academic excellence and future career plans.

In addition to departmental scholarships, our students often receive external assistance, and our MSW students often apply for graduate assistantships to help cover the cost of their education.

BSW Student Association Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Scholarship will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student seeking a Bachelor of Social Work degree in the School of Social Work within the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University.  The student must demonstrate active participation in the BSW Student Association.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students must submit an essay discussing social justice and describe an incident in their life where they have addressed an issue of social justice, discuss their personal and professional goals and how those goals address social justice issues, and discuss what major contribution they hope to make in the field of social work.  Student must demonstrate significant extracurricular volunteer and community services experience within the past 4 years.  Preference will be given to students that submit a letter of recommendation from a Social Work Faculty Member.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Columbia Hospital South Auxiliary Social Work Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but award is usually for $600.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Current MSW students should apply using the online scholarship application portal by March 1.  Current and new MSW students that are not currently MSU students may also apply until April 4 through a separate hard-copy application available through the School of Social Work's Masters in Social Work Program.  For more information on that separate hard-copy application, students can contact...

Missouri State University

School of Social Work

Masters in Social Work Program

901 S. National

Ellis Hall #308

Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: 417-836-6953

E-Mail: SWK@missouristate.edu

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a student enrolled in at least 6 hours that is seeking a Masters Degree in Social Work.  Student must have an overall GPA of 3.0 and demonstrate financial need.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. 

Liliana Sanchez Memorial Minority Social Work Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding, but award is usually for $750.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Current MSW students should apply using the online scholarship application portal by March 1.  Current and new MSW students that are not currently MSU students may also apply until April 4 through a separate hard-copy application available through the School of Social Work's Masters in Social Work Program.  For more information on that separate hard-copy application, students can contact...

Missouri State University

School of Social Work

Masters in Social Work Program

901 S. National

Ellis Hall #308

Springfield, MO 65897

Phone: 417-836-6953

E-Mail: SWK@missouristate.edu

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a graduate student seeking a Masters in Social Work (MSW) enrolled in at least 6 hours. Must submit a one page statement outlining commitment to the field of social work and must submit an essay on experience in community volunteerism. Preference given to first generation college students and to MSW students attending the Joplin campus.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship can be renewed, but students must reapply to be considered for renewal. 

Oreen M. Ruedi Memorial Scholarship

Value

Scholarship amounts vary depending on the availability of funding, but awards are usually for $500.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

This scholarship considers financial need. Please submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) preferably by Feb. 15.

Selection criteria

Scholarship(s) will be awarded annually to an undergraduate student enrolled full-time seeking a Bachelor of Social Work degree in the School of Social Work within the College of Health and Human Services at Missouri State University.  Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0.  Students must submit an essay discussing social justice and in that essay describe an incident in their life where they have addressed an issue of social justice, discuss their personal and professional goals and how those goals address social justice issues, and discuss what major contribution they hope to make in the field of social work.  Student must participate in extracurricular volunteer and community services activities.  Students must have financial need.  Preference will be given to students that submit either a letter of recommendation from a Social Work Faculty Member or from an individual that can attest to their involvement in volunteer activities.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed. 

Social Work Scholarships - General Fund

Value

Scholarship amount varies depending on the availability of funding.

Application

Complete the General and Departmental Scholarship Application by March 1.

Selection criteria

Awarded annually to a full-time sophomore or greater seeking a degree in the Social Work program with a cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Renewal criteria

This scholarship cannot be renewed.